Friday morning I managed to get up and to the convention center by 7:35 for the Jazzercise Kick it to the Core early morning workout class. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that this was my first Jazzercise class. (As a group ex instructor myself, I'm not sure how and why I've never been to one, but this was a great one to attend as it was led by the creator Judi Sheppard Missett.) Using a stability ball, resistance tubing and high energy cardio moves, the room of easily more than a 100 got a dang good cardio and core workout.
It being my first class, I was also struck with how different the Jazzercise crowd was from, say, the BodyPump crowd from Thursday morning. Both classes had their diehards (almost like groupies to the lead instructors), and both were filled with fun and enthusiasm. However, the Jazzercise class had a much larger variety of body types, ages and races. I know that as fitness professionals we're supposed to be walking models of health and wellness with firm abs, strong arms and legs, and steady at an ideal weight, but this group of all ages and sizes was inspiring. Although all fitness professionals should, of course, practice what they preach, there's something to be said for having attainable fitness role models. --Jennipher